Driving on Forest Service Roads: Expect the unexpected!

Location: 
3/4 km on the 400 FSR (north of Prince George)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2011-06-28
Company Name: 
Stones Bay Holdings Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A sub-contractor was returning to camp in his pick-up truck after his shift was completed for the day. The driver was calling his miles and was at the bottom of the 400 Forest Service Road (FSR) when he called "Down 402" and then "Down 401".

He then met a lowbed travelling in the "up" direction and the pick-up was forced into the ditch on the right-hand side of the road. There was considerable damage to the passenger side of the pick-up but fortunately no injuries to the driver. The lowbed stopped and pulled the truck out of the ditch and when the pick-up driver arrived at camp, he reported the incident.

Radio communications were missed by both parties. The lowbed driver was certain the empty or "up" call was made and the driver of the pick-up was confident the "loaded" calls were made. The pick-up's driver was using a handheld radio, which may or may not have been a factor. The pick-up was travelling at a high rate of speed, which contributed to the damage incurred.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

This incident is an example of Expect the Unexpected! Drive to speed limits and road conditions and do not rely solely on your radio. Your next accident could be just around the corner.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Darren McQueen 250-996-8912

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